Our greatest challenge is to keep our shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen open. This is a weekly challenge and discussion. It requires strict protocols and revisiting them often. We feel the weight and responsibility to keep going because we have hundreds, thousands of Guests relying on us for food, shelter and to know someone cares.
We have 10% of our staff in quarantine on any given week because of testing positive for COVID, falling ill with other viruses, or having been exposed to somebody with COVID. Even though our management team has created a deep bench to ensure that we have the staff to keep going, some weeks, we wonder how we will do it. And when our options seem exhausted, God shows up in the form of strength, calm, creativity and a staff member who can come in to cover a shift, and we all let out a sigh of relief.